HALLOWEEN STYLE INSPO: EASY, LOW-KEY COSTUMES

Now that it’s October, it’s officially time to start figuring out your Halloween plans… What parties to hit up, where to find the best spooky treats, and whether or not to finally commit to that inflatable T-Rex suit.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a comfortable, low-key costume you can put together with stuff already in your closet. Something fun and festive you can wear to work or class or wherever you’ll be before meeting up with friends.

That’s the vibe we’re going for this year, so we asked the AE team to come up with some easy, creative costumes for you to recreate or to inspire your unique Halloween look. Boo yah!

 

Look 1: Happy Hippie

AE Halloween Idea: Happy Hippie

Candice – Associate Web Designer

Any costume that incorporates your favorite jeans is an automatic winner. Those flares you’ve been loving were made with flower child vibes in mind, so you’ll need only a few more pieces to finish this look. Layer on a couple of your flowiest tops (the more prints, the better!), slip on some Birks, and you’ll be feelin’ groovy.

 

Look 2: Hip Lumberjack

AE Halloween Idea: Hip Lumberjack

Isaiah – Inbound Operations Analyst

Not all superheroes wear capes, and not all lumberjacks wear plaid. Layered with a hoodie, your favorite solid flannel fits perfectly with that whole rugged and rustic vibe. A pair of suspenders, whatever jeans you’re already wearing (are you noticing a trend here?), plus some work boots, and you’ve got yourself a costume!

 

Look 3: Modern Angel

AE Halloween Idea: Modern Angel

Chloe – Brand Coordinator

Keep your look light and pretty with a tonal take on the Halloween theme. You can DIY your own halo, but all you REALLY need is a fluttery white top, your go-to sneakers, and that bleached-out pair of high-waisted jeggings you lived in all summer. As if you needed an excuse to wear white jeans after Labor Day, lol.

 

Look 4: Dapper Penguin

AE Halloween Idea: Dapper Penguin

Sam – Brand Coordinator

Play it cool with a fresh take on everyone’s favorite flightless bird. Skip the tux in favor of dark jeans with a white shirt and black vest combo. Dress it up with a bow tie and gloves, and go for a chill, dramatic effect with just a touch of face paint. It IS Halloween, after all.

 

Look 5: Classic Cowgirl

AE Halloween Idea: Classic Cowgirl

Olivia – Email Coordinator

Jeans, plaid shirt, denim jacket, and some boots or booties! Chances are, you have all or most of these things in your closet already. The hat may complete the look, but the way you style everything else is what makes this classic costume fresh and unique to you.

 

Look 6: Neutral Bear

AE Halloween Idea: Neutral Bear

Shane – Associate Brand Manager

Sure, you could just do the face paint and bear ears with any old outfit, but leaning into the theme with a head-to-toe tonal look really takes things up a notch. Layer on whatever neutrals you feel best in and throw on a fun accessory to set everything off.

’TIS (ALMOST) THE SEASON: 3 GREAT REASONS TO START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING NOW

There’s nothing quite like the feel of early fall – crisp mornings, sparkling sunsets, and all kinds of soft layers to embrace that easy autumn chill. Somewhere in-between the apple-picking, costume parties, and bonfires, though, you’ll feel the holidays fast approaching. It may seem way too soon to start thinking about stocking stuffers and grab bags, but trust us, it’s not.

If there’s one thing worse than showing up a month or two early to the holiday party, it’s showing up late… without a gift. We’ve all been there – the week, day, or night before the big gift exchange – bustling through an over-crowded mall, analyzing expensive overnight shipping options, wishing we’d taken care of this earlier.

Aside from avoiding the unrivaled stress of last-minute holiday shopping, here are a few of the best reasons to consider making your list a little sooner, rather than later. Like, now.

 

1) Give more thoughtful gifts.

When you’re not rushing to cross something off your list, you have time to consider what people REALLY want, and find a gift you know they’ll love.

Hint: Consider their MOOD for a gift that gives them all the right feels, or wrap up their favorite fit and give them something they’ll wear all year long.

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2) Reclaim your holiday time.

Not only will you have fewer lines and less traffic to deal with if you start shopping now, you won’t have to fight the holiday crowds in December. That means you’ll actually get to ENJOY the holidays when they get here, with plenty of time for getting all kinds of festive.

Hint: You can already find some of the season’s best styles to give (and get!) so start stocking up for everyone on your list now. Look for cozy-soft sherpa, throwback colorblocking, and athletic or slightly oversized silhouettes.

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3) You might even find a something for yourself.

Once your gifts are wrapped, you can start thinking about what YOU really want. Start putting together your Favorites list now on ae.com, and share it with your friends and fam.

Hint: Everyone needs a great flannel to beat the chill, especially when they’re this amazingly soft. They make a perfect gift for your bestie, your bae, your brother, yourself…

 

 

AE X ME COUNCIL GUEST POST: EDITH CRUZ ON HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Inspired by the bold voices of people like YOU, we’ve introduced the AExME Council, our first-ever crew of young advocates and change makers. In this guest post, AExME Council member Edith Cruz shares how she honors Hispanic Heritage Month, and what you can do to celebrate it, too.

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When you look up Hispanic Heritage Month online, one of first things you will find is the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. This site defines it as a holiday from September 15 though October 15 for Americans to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

Is this really all this holiday is about?

My answer is no, but your definition of Hispanic Heritage Month could differ very much from mine.

 

HOW I HONOR MY HERITAGE

To me, Hispanic Heritage Month is more than an excuse for anyone to drink Coronas, eat tacos, and throw on a sombrero as a way to use my culture as a costume. Don’t get me wrong, I know not every person celebrates this way, but that is basically what I understood from that website’s definition. To me, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to embrace my culture to the fullest! Growing up in the U.S.A., I was ashamed to even say I was Mexican because I felt oppressed to hide my true identity. This month gives me the most courage to wear traditional Mexican attire, which usually includes a pretty handmade dress and handmade huarache sandals that come straight from the beautiful motherland we know as Mexico and made by its indigenous people.

Edith posing for a picture with Jose Antonio Vargas(middle) a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and human rights for immigrants activist and Best Friend (Mirna Lozano) after hearing Jose speaking about how we as a nation define "american"

Of course, I try to do these things any other time of the year, but it gets hard when you know people will give you weird looks or even whisper stuff right in front of your face. It gets a lot easier to embrace my roots during this month because it becomes more acceptable.

During this month I also try my best to honor those people who came before me. I take this time to honor my parents who made the huge sacrifice to leave everything they had ever known back in Mexico. I honor my grandparents who always tried so hard to keep our family traditions alive even when half their children and grandchildren where 1,540 miles away from them. I honor the brave soldiers and youth who fought for Mexico’s independence during the Mexican War of Independence, Mexican American War, Mexican Revolution, and even in World War II. I honor my Aztec ancestors who were more than just a tribe that did human sacrifices; they were also experts in agriculture, crafts, and education.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Whether you identify as Hispanic or not, there are still many ways you can support this holiday as a member or ally!

For example, you can choose to shop locally. I know that in hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, one out of three restaurants are owned by immigrants, and that doesn’t mean just Mexican immigrants. Imagine how many local families you can support by going out to eat at your local restaurant instead of eating a burger at the nearest fast food chain. By shopping locally, you’re helping a family keep their lights on, put food on their table, or even help a child get a new pair of shoes for school!

dith posing for a picture with her two older sibling Jeanette (Left) and Jose(Right) after her Quinceañera church ceremony.

Another way to celebrate this holiday is by donating to nonprofit organizations that support Latinx or immigrant communities. Three of my favorite nonprofit organizations that I support in various of ways are United We Dream, Raices, and The Latinx Leadership & College Experience Camp (LLCEC). One of the best and easiest ways to support these and other nonprofit organizations is by DONATING! Even if you are donating only $1, you never know how much that dollar can help someone.

Other ways to celebrate and support Hispanic Heritage Month are by sharing our stories and shutting down myths! This means that if you see a video of your friend telling their story of what being Latinx means to them, hit that share button! Spreading the word is the best way to share everyone’s stories! But this also goes for all the mean, horrible, and inaccurate things that are said during this time. If you have friends that call Cinco de Mayo “Mexico’s Independence,” please shut that down right away! Because that is a big ooof! Cinco de Mayo was actually the day of the celebration of Mexico’s victory against French forces during the Battle of Puebla. Basically, Mexico owed England, Spain, and France a lot of money after the Mexican American War, and France wanted their money back. France declared war because the payment was postponed by two years and Mexico ended up winning the war! Taa-daa! History lesson is over!

 

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH… OR LATINX HERITAGE MONTH?

Recently there has been a huge debate among the Hispanic/Latino community about a new word being used, especially during Hispanic Heritage Month. Maybe you’ve heard the word “Latinx” being used in place of Latina or Latino. This is due to the Spanish language being gendered!

For those who haven’t taken a Spanish class in high school or college, here is an example of what that might look like: the word for “friends” in Spanish is either “amigas” or “amigos.” So, let’s say you’re getting coffee with a couple friends who identify as female. In this case, you would say in Spanish that you are hanging out with your “amigas,” with the “a” in “amigas” indicating that everyone in the group is female. But what if you hit up one of your male-identifying friends and invite him to join? Well, in the Spanish language, as soon as that male friend joins the whole group of females, the word “amigas” automatically change to “amigos.” It takes one single male to change a word that applies to all the females who are present. The connotation of this rule makes it seem like the masculine has a higher status than the feminine. Not only that, but it also excludes folks who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming.

Edith and friends

That is when the “x” comes in, because the “x” is genderless.

Latinx is the perfect word for someone who comes from Latin descent, whether they were born in a Latin country or just have a Latin background, whatever their gender identity is!

Latinx is inclusive and affirming! It’s believed that the word was coined back in 2004 by the LGBTQ+ community and was made popular in 2015 by Twitter and Tumblr. Not only does this word validate someone’s identity, but it also affirms, for folks who identify as females, that they are powerful and capable of doing all things male-identifying folks do, too. Using “Latinx” is the same as using “police officer” instead of “policeman” or “humankind” instead of “mankind,” because not every police officer identifies as male and not every human identifies as male.

This is why I prefer to use “Latinx” – because the word feels powerful and inclusive! By using “Latinx” and celebrating Latinx Heritage Month, I reaffirm my capabilities and help teach others that we don’t all have

to identify as strictly male or female. When I use this word, I know some small child out there is hearing me and knows that they are capable to do same things I am doing – changing the world step by step.

 


 

PUBLICACIÓN DE INVITADA DEL CONSULADO DE AE X ME: EDITH CRUZ EN EL MES DE L

 Inspirados por las voces atrevidas de personas como ustedes, hemos presentado el Consulado de AExME, nuestro primer equipo de activistas jóvenes y creadores de cambios. En esta publicación de invitada, la miembro del Consulado de AExME, Edith Cruz, comparte cómo honra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana y lo que puede hacer para celebrarlo también.

 

Cuando uno busca en línea el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, una de las primeras cosas que encontrará en el sitio web es la pagina del Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana. Este sitio define esta celebración como un feriado del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre para que los estadounidenses celebren las historias, culturas y contribuciones de ciudadanos estadounidenses quien sus antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

 

¿En realidad esto será lo único de que se trata esta celebración?

Mi respuesta es no, pero su definición del Mes de la Herencia Hispana podría diferir mucho de la mía.

 

CÓMO HONRO A MI HERENCIA

Para mí, el Mes de la Herencia Hispana es más que una excusa para que cualquiera tome Coronas, coma tacos y se ponga un sombrero como una forma de usar mi cultura como disfraz. No me malinterpreten, sé que no todas las personas celebran de esta manera, pero eso es básicamente lo que entendí de la definición de ese sitio web. ¡Para mí, el Mes de la Herencia Hispana es un momento para tener orgullo de mi cultura al máximo! Al crecer en los EE. UU., Me daba vergüenza incluso decir que era mexicana porque me sentía oprimida ah ocultar mi verdadera identidad. Este mes me da el mayor valor para usar la vestimenta tradicional mexicana, que generalmente incluye un bonito vestido hecho a mano y huaraches hechos a mano que provienen directamente de la hermosa tierra que conocemos como México y hecha por su propia gente nativa.

Por supuesto, trato de hacer estas cosas en cualquier otro momento del año, pero se vuelve difícil cuando sabes que las personas te darán miradas extrañas o incluso susurrarán cosas en frente de ti. Se hace mucho más fácil enseñar el orgullo de mis raíces durante este mes porque se vuelve más aceptable.

Durante este mes también hago todo lo posible para honrar a las personas que vinieron antes de mi. Aprovecho este tiempo para honrar a mis padres que hicieron el gran sacrificio para dejar todo lo que habían conocido en México y moverse a los EE. UU. Honro a mis abuelos que siempre se esforzaron por mantener vivas nuestras tradiciones familiares, incluso cuando la mitad de sus hijos y nietos estaban 1,540 millas alegados de ellos. Honro a los valientes soldados y jóvenes que lucharon por la independencia de México durante la Guerra de Independencia de México, la Guerra de México y América, la Revolución Mexicana e incluso en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Honro a mis antepasados aztecas que fueron más que una tribu que hizo sacrificios humanos; También eran expertos en agricultura, artesanía y educación.

 

LO QUE PUEDES HACER

Ya sea que tu te identifique como hispano o no, ¡todavía hay muchas maneras en que puedes apoyar está celebración como miembro de la comunidad o aliado!

Por ejemplo, puede optar por comprar localmente. Sé que, en mi ciudad natal de Lexington, Kentucky, uno de cada tres restaurantes es creado y dirigido por inmigrantes, y eso no significa solo inmigrantes mexicanos. Imagine a cuántas familias locales puede apoyar yendo a comer a su restaurante local en lugar de comer una hamburguesa en la cadena de comida rápida más cercana. Al comprar localmente, está ayudando a una familia a mantener las luces encendidas, poner comida en la mesa o incluso ayudar a un niño a obtener un par de zapatos nuevos para la escuela.

Otra forma de celebrar este día festivo es donando a organizaciones locales que apoyan a las comunidades latinas o inmigrantes. Tres de mis organizaciones favoritas que apoyo de varias maneras son United We Dream, Raices y El Campaento de la Experiencia Latinx de Liderasgo y Universitaria (LLCEC). ¡Una de las mejores y más fáciles formas de apoyar a estas y otras organizaciones es DONANDO! Incluso si estás donando solo $1, nunca sabes cuánto puede ayudar ese dólar a alguien.

¡Otras formas de celebrar y apoyar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana son compartiendo nuestras historias y cerrando mitos! Esto significa que, si ves un video de tu amigo contando su historia de lo que significa ser Latinx para ellos, ¡presiona el botón de compartir! ¡Difundir la palabra es la mejor manera de compartir las historias de todos! Pero esto también se aplica a todas las cosas malas, horribles e inexactas que se dicen durante este tiempo. Si tiene amigos que llaman la celebración Cinco de Mayo la “Independencia de México”, ¡corrígelos! ¡Porque eso es un gran mito! El Cinco de Mayo fue en realidad el día de la celebración de la victoria de México contra las fuerzas francesas durante la Batalla de Puebla. Básicamente, México le debía mucho dinero a Inglaterra, España y Francia después de la Guerra Mexicana-Americana, y Francia quería recuperar su dinero. ¡Francia declaró la guerra porque el pago se pospuso por dos años y México terminó ganando la guerra! Taa-daa! ¡La lección de historia ha terminado!

 

MES DEL PATRIMONIO HISPANO … ¿O MES DEL PATRIMONIO LATINX?

Recientemente ha habido un gran debate entre la comunidad hispana/latina sobre el uso de una nueva palabra, especialmente durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. Tal vez has escuchado la palabra “Latinx” que se usa en lugar de Latina o Latino. ¡Esto se debe a que el idioma español es generando!

Para aquellos que no hablan español o no han tomado una clase de español en la escuela secundaria o la universidad, aquí hay un ejemplo de cómo el lenguaje es generado: Digamos que estas tomando café con una pareja de amigos que se identifican como mujeres. En este caso, se diría en español que estás pasando el rato con tus “amigas”, con la “a” en “amigas” que indica que todos en el grupo son mujeres. Pero ¿qué pasa si invitas a uno de tus amigos que ellos se identifican como hombre? Bueno, en el idioma español, tan pronto como ese amigo se una al grupo completo de mujeres, la palabra “amigas” cambia automáticamente a “amigos”. Solo se necesita un hombre para cambiar una palabra que se aplica a todas las mujeres que están presentes. La connotación de esta regla hace que parezca que lo masculino tiene un estatus más alto que lo femenino. No solo eso, sino que también excluye a las personas que se identifican como no binarias o no conformes con un género.

Es entonces cuando entra la “x”, porque la “x” no tiene género.

Latinx es la palabra perfecta para alguien que proviene de ascendencia latina, ya sea que hayan nacido en un país latino o que simplemente tengan antecedentes latinos, ¡cualquiera sea su identidad de género!

¡Latinx es inclusivo y afirmativo! Se cree que la palabra fue acuñada en 2004 por la comunidad LGBTQ+ y se hizo popular en 2015 por Twitter y Tumblr. Esta palabra no solo valida la identidad de alguien, sino que también afirma, para las personas que se identifican como mujeres, que son poderosas y capaces de hacer todo lo que hacen las personas que identifican como hombres o masculino. Usar “Latinx” es lo mismo que usar “humanidad” en lugar de “humanidad”, porque no todos los policías se identifican como hombres y no todos los humanos se identifican como hombres.

Es por eso que prefiero usar “Latinx”, ¡porque la palabra se siente poderosa e inclusiva! Al usar “Latinx” y celebrar el Mes de la Herencia de Latinx, reafirmo mis capacidades y ayudo a enseñar a otros que no todos tenemos

para identificarse como estrictamente masculino o femenino. Cuando uso esta palabra, sé que un niño pequeño me está escuchando y sabe que son capaces de hacer lo mismo que yo, cambiando el mundo paso a paso.

 

 

INTRODUCING: TACKMA TECH

 

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WHAT’S YOUR MOOD?

Wellness is about so much more than body lotions, bath soaks, lip balms, and pillow mists – though, if you ask us, all of those things certainly help! It’s about being real with how you’re feeling and what you can do about it.

So we’re asking ‘cause we really want to know: What’s your mood?

Answer a few questions below, then check out which MOOD CBD-infused wellness products you might wanna try. MOOD is a new a collection for your bath, body & home – available exclusively at American Eagle – featuring products made for everyone and infused with CBD extract, which is known for its calming and soothing benefits.

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… so, what’s your mood?

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Introducing MOOD

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Meet MOOD, a new wellness collection – exclusively at American Eagle – featuring products made for everyone and infused with CBD extract, which is known for its calming and soothing benefits.

The MOOD collection includes wellness products like bath soaks, body lotions, hand creams, lip salves, aromatherapy oils, and other must-have products designed to help you relax and unwind.

Maybe you’ve already heard of products like CBD oil, lip balm, or lotion, but if this is the first time you’re thinking about trying CBD-infused products, keep scrolling to learn more!

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 1. What is CBD?

CBD – short for cannabidiol – is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from hemp and isolated for its beneficial wellness properties.

What it does: works naturally to create a calming effect.

What it won’t do: make you feel “high” or “stoned.”

2. What is CBD Used For?

CBD works naturally to create a calming effect, meaning it’s great for those moments when you want to unwind and enjoy a little “you” time.

 3. Is CBD Legal?

Yes. The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill classifies legal hemp as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC, and all MOOD products comply with this regulation.

4. Will CBD alter my mental state?

No, it won’t. Although CBD and THC come from the same cannabis sativa plant, they are two distinct substances. While CBD can have a calming, relaxing effect, it does not produce the “high” associated with THC.